Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New DIY ARRL Video

Back in June of 2011, I pointed out that there is a resurgence in the Do-It-Your-Self (DIY) community.

The economic crisis, Make Magazine, and the development of Maker Faire's/ "Maker Fests", all have apart to do with this.

A while back Radio Shack asked the "DIY community" what they would like to see in Radio Shack stores.

The top ten improvements requested were:
1. Arduino
2. More Kits and Project Suggestions
3. More introduction/instructional books
4. Larger assortment in LEDs
5. Wider variety in resistors
6. TONS more capacitors
7. DIY audio and speaker equipment
8. HAM radio gear
9. More competitive pricing
10. Stronger sales force

Since that time, Radio Shack has added Velleman Kits, and Arduino Kits as well as other things.

The ARRL just launched a new DIY campaign.

As I and the ARRL have noted, DIY is certainly nothing new to ham radio. But there are tons of DIY people out there that do not know about ham radio.

This may shock you, but I applaud this ARRL effort. Their recently released video is worth a look:


Submitted by: KB9MWR

Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 Officers

At the Christmas meeting at Klipstine park, last night the board worked out amongst themselves who-is-who for 2012.

President: Kevin, KB9SNE
Vice-president: Dave, N8KQS
Treasurer: John, W0LFE
Secretary: Nick, KB9UAE
At Large: Matt, KB9QAK
Pat, KA9VRK
Scott, KB9AMM

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Green Bay Mike and Key Club Christmas party

The annual Green Bay Mike and Key Club Christmas party will be held Thursday December 15th, at the Ashwaubenon Community Center in Klipstine Park. The get together will start at 5 PM. Notice this is on the Third thursday , not the normal second thursday. Please bring a dish to pash, your own utensils. The club will provide soda. If you require adult beverages those you will need to provide.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Look At Green Bay Repeaters Over The Years

Here are a few random shapshots of Green Bay repeaters 1976 to 2005:


And if you like nostalgia be sure to check out the old list of hams from 1980:

http://www.k9eam.org/1980/03/amateur-radio-opperators-of-brown.html

Monday, October 24, 2011

Appleton Hamfest

The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club (W9ZL)
An ARRL Special Service Club
2011 SWAPFEST
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, 2011
New Location!
Germania Hall
320 Chute St., Menasha, WI
Near Downtown Menasha
The FCARC Swapfest is an inclusive event for enthusiasts of amateur radio, computers,
electronics, and other related curiosities and miscellanea. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Buy, sell, and trade electronics, computers, computer games, test & scientific equipment
On site VE testing: Get on the air! Bring your current license and CSCEs (if applicable)
and two forms of ID (one must be a picture ID) – cost is $15 for the testing
Enter the raffle for great prizes. Additional raffle tickets are only $2 each or 3 for $5. You
need not be present to win the top prizes. One raffle ticket is included with each admission!
Great food and refreshments available all day!
Avoid the shopping rush – The Fox River Mall is nearby – bring the family and stay the
weekend!
Talk-in on the wide area 146.76 pl 100 repeater – Need directions or just want to say “HI”?
Admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children 12 and under are FREE!
Each admission includes one FREE raffle ticket!
Advance purchase 8-foot swap tables are $10 in advance or $14 at the door (if available).
Setup starts at 6 AM and general admission starts at 8 AM. Tables and admission tickets can be
ordered by mail:
FCARC Swapfest
Anthony L. Mach, AB9IO
773 Yorkshire Rd.
Neenah, WI 54956
For more information, contact Anthony Mach, AB9IO at: 920.722.0482
or e-mail: hamfest@fcarc.us

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Green Bay Mike and Key Club picnic/cornroast

We are going to try and have another corn roast this year, the picnic is going to be held at Denmark Village Memorial Park in downtown Denmark on Aug 13th. The picnic will start at 4 with a foxhunt in the park. after that we are going to burn some corn on the grill. Please bring a dish to pass and your own utensils, We will eat at 6. We have the shelter rented for this day, this is a wonderful park so feel free to bring the children.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

444.20625 MHz D-Star



Like it or not, the future of two way radio is digital, and we must also advance in this direction.

TV broadcasters were required to be full digital and shut down their analog transmitters in Feb. 2009. This freed up spectrum for the new "700 MHZ public safety band" that is currently being implemented in Brown County.

There is also an FCC mandate for all non-public safety stations to operate on channels with a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz or less beginning January 13, 2013.

The digital premise is that it generally allows more use in a more efficient/ flexible use of band space.

The Mike and Club took advantage of a recent D-Star promotion to enable area amateurs to get their feet wet with digital two-way radio.

D-STAR offers digital voice, short data message, GPS tracking and much more!

Further details can be found on the D-Star page.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

EAA special event station

The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club, W9ZL will once again operate a Special Event station from the grounds of the EAA AirVenture 2011. We will operate 5 days -- Wednesday through Sunday, during the last week of July (July 27 thru 31,2011). This operating event is open to all license classes.  We will operate 2 HF stations, one on 20m and one on 40m, plus local communications on 2-meters. The club call, W9ZL, will be used throughout the event.

We are looking for both "am" and "pm" operators covering each of the 5 days. You can sign up for one shift or more if you so desire. The event is open to all of the amateur community. If operators sign up for a 4 hour shift, they will be given a daily wristband that will allow them to go and wonder around the Fly-in.

For further information and to sign up to operate the event go to: http://fcarc.us/eaa/eaa.htm or contact Jon Oldenburg AB9AH @arrl.net, or (920) 832-9727

Jon Oldenburg AB9AH
Special Event Coordinator
EAA AirVenture 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Field Day 2011 - June 25 & 26th

Field Day - This coming weekend June 25 & 26th. This event is a 24 hour emergency powered communications practice/contest.

This will take place at 3385 Finger Road. From I-43 take Mason Street East to Huron Road. Go North (Left) on Huron to Finger Road (first road) Turn East (Right). Sports Complex on left(first Drive) We will be setting up on the West end of the parking lot.

Things you may need: Manual for your radio, Lighting (flashlight or battery lamp) Dress for the weather (day and night) Radio, coax, power source, antenna, Ear phones- a must have!- writing tools, (if you have a laptop, you may want to bring it for logging). You may want to bring your favorite TP.

I will be at the site around 8AM.. The donuts will arrive around 9. So far, the plan is to then design the layout of the antenna farm and begin to set it up. IF we get set up right away, we can go for lunch before time to start.... This is a good time to try out those antennas you made or bought and some different radio modes. The comm trailer will start out hooked up to operate on PSK 31. There will be a laptop there for when not on PSK, for logging.

Let's make this a fun activity... I am sure that once we are up and going, there will be a lot to talk about...

Food... bring an energy snack for between major meat times, and any medications that you may need. There are near by restaurants or we may want to chip in for a bunch of pizzas ... I will have an insulated five gallon container with water..(a few cups)

This event is open to the public and we will have "dignitaries" there between noon and 5 PM.

I hope that you can find some time to come and operate or at least stop by to give encouragement... Questions or concerns or good advice is always welcome.

Dave N8KQS

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Innovating Makerspaces

Ham radio operators have long been some of the original open source , Do-It-Yourself (DIY) proponents.

Going back in time, radio stuff was expensive and out of the reach of a lot of hams. So they invented newer and mostly cheaper ways of doing things. They also came up with better ways of doing things because somebody else would see that idea in print and improve upon it. Of course the technology was rather rudimentary, and there was little way to go but up at that point in radio technology calendar.

What most people tend not to think about is the open-source nature of Amateur Radio. While operators most often are seen working in emergency situations, many of the modern conveniences we have today—cell phones, satellites, wireless devices— were developed and tested by radio amateurs.

Decades ago, amateur radio operators were on the forefront of scores of technological innovations, including television, digital communications, solid-state design and cellular networks. The hobby's roots trace back to radio pioneers such as Guglielmo Marconi and FM-inventor Edwin Armstrong.

Well a lot has changed over the years in society and ham radio. Many amateurs have gotten away from these "do-it-yourself" roots. But those types are still out there!

When the economic crisis first started to unfold in 2009, the Wall Street Journal just had an article on how Tinkering is making a comeback amid the economic crisis.

"The American tradition of tinkering -- the spark for inventions from the telephone to the Apple computer -- is making a comeback, boosted by renewed interest in hands-on work amid the economic crisis and falling prices of high-tech tools and materials.

Engineering schools across the country report students are showing an enthusiasm for hands-on work that hasn't been seen in years. Workshops for people to share tools and ideas -- called "hackerspaces" -- are popping up all over the country; there are 124 hackerspaces in the U.S."


In 2005 just shortly before the economic mess stated to unfold, Make Magazine was introduced by O'Reilly Media. It focuses on do it yourself (DIY) and/or DIWO (Do It With Others) projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, woodworking and other disciplines.

The magazine was well accepted by engineering and electronics students. And led to the first Maker Faire. An event filled with DIY projects, science, demos.

These "fests" are now in their 6th year, and being held in California, Detroit and New York and many other places.

As mentioned in the Wall Street Journal article, regional groups are popping up all over the place to help support this innovation. These are referred to as Makerspaces/ Hackerspaces. They are places where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or arts can meet, socialize and collaborate. A Makerspace can be viewed as a community lab, machine shop, or workshop where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to share resources and knowledge to build/make things.

There are two that I know of in our area:

http://milwaukeemakerspace.org/

And closer to home, http://www.dhmn.net/ an Appleton: a group of hacker/maker/software/hardware technology-enamored people.

And right here in Green Bay:  http://www.protogb.org/

If you still have a bit of "amateur" in you, I encourage you to branch-out and check these innovative groups out. I think there can be / should be a lot of crossing over and sharing of talents between some ham radio folks and these groups. These are the types of people that need to welcomed with open arms into the hobby.

Friday, June 3, 2011

VE Testing

There will be testing on June 9th at 5:00 PM at St Norbert College, room 223 of
the JM Science Building. As usual bring 2 forms of ID... at least 1 being
having a picture. Also bring a copy of your current license (if you have one)
AND the original. Test fee is $15.00. Hope to see you there.

Any questions, please call Keith @ 920-619-3394.

Keith, KS9WI
VE Laison

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Brat Barn - June 5th





Here are some pictures from the April 23rd brat barn at Festival Foods East.


The weather was good, so was the brat barn. The next one is in just a few days (June 5th), this time at the Festival Foods in Suamico.

Setup usually starts around 9am. We need people to setup and people to man the booth all day long.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

PL Explained

PL does not prevent or cure RF interference, it just adds selective earplugs. Nor does it allow several users to share the same frequency channel at the same time.

If two RF signals are on the same frequency at the same time, there will still be interference. If the signals are close to the same amplitude, the user will hear a heterodyne or beat note. (Google “radio capture effect” for more information on how that works.)

The only real way to share a RF channel is by properly spacing the two repeaters or stations apart. This is why we engage in voluntary frequency coordination. (i.e WAR). From a repeater user-end perspective, using the least power necessary to carry out the desired communication is paramount to enable effective frequency re-use. This is why that is in the rule book.

If everyone ran 100 watts all the time, you’d likely be clobbering the input to several repeaters in the state, even though you might not be bringing them since they likely all have different tones.

This is why when the band opens up, it can be tricky to get into your own local repeater with a HT. The repeaters receiver might be being swamped by strong signals from other hams in other adjacent areas.

Keep in mind the repeater can hear things you can’t as it’s up very high on a tower.

Now going back to the notion simultaneous frequency use. It is actually possible. But you have to do this digitally. Once the voice is digitized you can time-slot the channel. Google “Time division multiple access (TDMA)” for more info. Or see this video: http://hak5.org/episodes/episode-816

The newer Mototrbo radios are TDMA.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

VE Testing

A test session has been scheduled for Saturday May 21st, 2011 @ 9:00AM It will
be @ St Norbert College in De Pere.... JM Science Building, room 223. Please
bring a pencil, calculator (if needed) 2 forms of ID... at least one must have
your picture on it. Test fee is $15.00 If you require more info, please feel
free to contact Keith, KS9WI.

ks9wi@new.rr.com
920-619-3394

Monday, April 18, 2011

Good Search

This is just a reminder about using Good Search for all your internet search and purchasing needs. The club receives a percentage of every search and purchase from that web page.

http://www.goodsearch.com/Default.aspx

Make sure to choose the Green Bay Mike and Key Club as the cause

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Disable Yaesu Wires for Good



There is a really annoying function in many of the Yaesu radios called WIRES.

There is a single touch button (left volume knob on many mobiles and the Zero key on many handhelds) with a "Nuclear" looking symbol above it to quick enable/disable it.

This is meant to be used in conjunction with the Yaesu proprietary linking system called WIRES. It is much like IRLP, except that it uses a single DTMF tone every time you key up.

The problem is that more times that not, we inadvertently enable this. When enabled, the radio sends a touch tone that covers up the first second or two of whatever we are saying.

Fortunately, KB6OT has a solution:

Now even if you accidently enable this, it will not send out a DTMF digit covering your audio.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

147.360 repeater

The 147.360 repeater is back on the air as of this weekend. This repeater is located at Bellin Hospital. We also installed the battery backup in both the 147.360 and 147.120 repeater controllers.

Ham of the Year

Congratulations to Keith Summers for being this years Ham of the Year. The award was handed out at last nights banquet. We had about 20 people attend.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March of Dimes Walk

The March of Dimes Walk America will be on Saturday April 30th, starting @ 9 AM. There will be a 1 & 3 mile route. Rest stops will be at Canteberry Park & Glass Nickel Pizza on Ridge Rd. Three to four volunteers are needed to man rest stops & serve as NCS for this event.

Monday, March 21, 2011

SK: Harlan Sieth, NQ9F, 87

Harlan was born on January 30, 1924 and passed away on Friday, February 25, 2011.

Harlan P. Sieth, age 87, died Friday, February 25, 2011 at Care Partners in Little Chute following a brief illness. Harlan was born January 30, 1924, in Appleton to the late Edgar and Mabel (Junge) Sieth. He was a graduate of Appleton High School’s class of 1942. Harlan Proudly served his country during WWII in the Army. He received his Bachelors from the University of Wisconsin Madison where he served as First Lieutenant in the ROTC. He then went on to receive two Masters Degrees at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

After graduating college, Harlan worked as an electrical engineer for Northrop Grumman for 32 years, retiring in 1989. In February of 1946, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Hoffman. In June of 1975, he was married to Mary Jane Brault. Harlan was a lifelong member of Appleton VFW Post #2778. He held an amateur radio license and enjoyed the many friends he met through the years working with his radio.


Harlan purchased and converted all of those EF Johnson UHF radios back in the late 80's & early 90's, so Mike & Key members could use the 443.500 MHz repeater.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Upcomming Events

2011 Wisconsin QSO Party

March 13, 2011 from 1800Z to 0100Z March 14 (1:00PM CDT to 8:00PM CDT) Please note this is the first day of Daylight Savings Time!

See: http://www.warac.org/wqp/wqp.htm, for offical rules and other information.
Please do not use the National Calling Frequencies - such as 146.52 - during WIQP. We suggest using the following frequencies:
6 meters 52.530
2 meters 146.550
1.25 meters 223.520
70 cm 446.025



AES Super Fest is Friday, April 1st from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. And, Saturday, April 2nd from :30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
http://www.aesham.com/superfest/SUPERFEST.pdf


Weather Spotter Training
The annual weather spotters training is going to be held at St. Norbert.s College on April 6th at 7 PM in Boyle Hall. If you wish to participate in weather spotting this spring and summer please plan to attend

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/grb/?n=spotterschedule




Brat Barn
We have three dates this year for the brat barn at Festival Foods, the dates are as follows:

The first one is Saturday April 23 at Festival Foods East.

The second date is Sunday June 5th at Festival Foods in Suamico

The third is Saturday June 18th at Festival Foods in Suamico

Setup usually starts around 9am. We need people to setup and people to man the booth all day long.

If anyone wants to head up the brat barn please feel free to let me know.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Green Bay Mike and Key Club Banquet

We will be having the Annual Green Bay Mike and Key Club Banquet on March 26th at The Ravine located at 2633 Manitowoc Road Green Bay WI. The meal will consist of Chicken and Tips. The price is going to be 15 dollars.


I am assuming the time will be social hour 5, with meal at 6 or 630. If you were not at the meeting and did not fill out your ham of the year please email them to me at kb9sne@yahoo.com. I am assuming we will count these soon as we need to get the plaque done. Also please email John Wolfe (w0lfe@sbcglobal.net) a head count, we need to get this into the location the week before the banquet. Any question feel free to email me.

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Officers

At an executive meeting just before yesterdays general meeting the board worked out amongst themselves who-is-who for 2011.

President: Kevin, KB9SNE
Vice-president: Dave, N8KQS
Treasurer: John, W0LFE
Secretary: Nick, KB9UAE
Newsletter: Joe, N9UPU
At Large: Matt, KB9QAK & Pat, KA9VRK

Sunday, January 9, 2011

VE Testing

There will VE testing for new licenses or upgrades on Tuesday January 18th at
7:00 PM.

It will be at St. Norbert College, J. M. Science Building. Please bring a copy AND your original license ( if you are licensed). Also bring two forms of ID with at least one of them having your picture on it.

Test fee is $15.00. Hope to see lots there. Good luck.